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Cleveland gets $4 million for industrial cleanup
Abandoned sites to be converted into usable land again
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Six northeast Ohio industrial sites have been awarded almost 8 million dollars to clean them up and convert the properties into usable land once again.  Half that money is going to two projects in Cleveland.  WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports on the Clean Ohio Council projects... 
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Clean Ohio's grants help cities demolish structures and conduct environmental clean-up at abandoned industrial sites, known as brownfields.  In Cleveland, more than one million dollars is going to demolish and remove asbestos from the former Kinzig Tool Company on East 66th Street.  Amy Alduino coordinates the grants for Clean Ohio, and says the building's long history is typical of brownfield sites.
“(ALDUINO)…I think it follows the pattern of a lot of our buildings, that after they were high value manufacturing, they become lower value storage or warehousing, and then they finally get to the point where they’re vacant.  And then people find us and hopefully we can fund projects so that something new can happen on the property…”
That something new is projected to be a four-story medical office building and senior-living center.  Closer to downtown, the city is getting 3 million dollars to remove asbestos and general waste from the John Hartness Brown building at 1001 Euclid Avenue.  JHB Hotel of New York is planning to redevelop the property into a Westin Hotel.
Other sites in northeast Ohio slated for cleanup or renovation include St. Joseph Community Center in Lorain, the former White Rubber factory in Ravenna and the Liberty-Paramount Theater in Youngstown.
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